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LACK OF CARE STAFF LEADS TO BED BLOCKING DELAYS AT ST MARY’S HOSPITAL

A lack of care staff across the Isle of Wight is directly resulting in bed blocking at St Mary’s Hospital, which is in turn leading to significant delays in finding beds for newly admitted patients.

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust says that services are under significant pressure heading into winter, with the Trust already seeing the impact of increased demand.

Island Echo has heard of at least 1 case in the past 24 hours where a patient has waited over 12 hours for a bed, being put up in a triage room overnight as a make do and mend. Island Echo has been told that an internal critical incident was declared on Tuesday, but the Trust has said this was not the case.

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Work is taking place to reduce waiting times with Islanders encouraged to call NHS 111 before going to the Emergency Department. In an emergency dial 999. However, there is only so much that can be done by the hospital…

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has said:

“Our teams are working extremely hard to make sure people are seen as quickly as possible but it is taking longer to find people beds in hospital because of delays to patient discharge.

“Discharging patients that require ongoing care in the community or social care is challenging due to high numbers of vacancies in the sector.

“We want to reassure people that we continue to see and treat patients based on their clinical need as they come into our Emergency Department.”

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isle of wighter
isle of wighter
1 month ago

well this will only get worse if they continue blindly with this policy of mandatory jabs for care workers.
bearing in mind those that are jabbed can still get the virus, pass it on and suffer from it. A pointless and poorly though out policy which will destroy residential care for many

Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Sir Digby Chicken Caesar
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

The idea of the jab is to prevent serious illness and death. So it is not pointless.

tom
tom
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

Having the jab means when you get it you don’t end up in hospital using all the beds up. So not pointless.

jon
jon
Reply to  isle of wighter
1 month ago

again a true comment so why the thumbs down?bunch of gullables is my thought.
old folk are jabbed…no forced jab should even be a thing.they now force it …they will now be short of staff.simples.
noone should be forced too keep a job.theres no long term health data on its affects but obv sheep will believe anything theyre told….sad.colds are passed on easy,flue also…neither stop lld folk dying of it .its life unfor

Despondant
Despondant
1 month ago

A&E is being used as a G.P surgery that’s why its so busy .

Letting you know
Letting you know
Reply to  Despondant
1 month ago

GP’s need to get back to work, and stop hiding behind their computers…

Mmmm
Mmmm
Reply to  Letting you know
1 month ago

The sad thing is they are back to work. And this is the new normal.

William
William
1 month ago

This is not new. St Mary’s has had this problem for years. It is only now they are bleating about it.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
1 month ago

Think how much more difficult it will be when the island becomes a concrete jungle?????
Tough enough now without all the building going on!!!!!

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
1 month ago

Everytime I go past that hospital the longest wait in A&E is 1 hour. If you stopped trying to force people to take an experimental drug that is still in its trial stages then you wouldn’t be losing staff.

 

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